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[[caption: [[ExpositoryThemeTune A 1928 Porter; That's my Mother, dear.]]]]

In 1965, Creator/{{NBC}} put a show on opposite ''Series/{{Combat}}'' and ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' about the antics of lawyer Dave Crabtree ([[Series/{{Coach}} Jerry Van Dyke]]), a typically hapless sitcom family man who discovers that his mother has returned from the grave as a 1928 Porter open touring automobile. Most plots involved Dave getting into situations with his family, neighbors, and the hazards of owning a [[TheAllegedCar vintage]] car. It found a recurring villain in Captain Manzini, an obsessed automobile collector who wanted to acquire Mother to complete his collection. (Apparently it was the only make and model of the car to exist.)

There is no real-life "1928 Porter," the company was meant to be fictional and the actual car used on-set was one of two variations of a Ford Model T. One version was made for normal driving shots. The other was a "stunt" car, built to be driven by a hidden driver (to make it appear like a SentientVehicle). The "stunt" version was modified by the then-ubiquitous George Barris, who also did the [[Music/TheMonkees Monkeemobile]] and the 1960s [[Series/{{Batman}} Batmobile]]. Both cars survive. The normal version is owned by a fan, and the "stunt" car is on display at the Star Cars Museum in Tennessee.

The show was critically lambasted and caused NBC to be something of a laughingstock for green-lighting it in the first place. The {{ratings}} were horrid across the board, except among the younger {{demographics}} who were more inclined to watch something silly than the two serious dramas competing in the time-slot. But, back then, networks only looked at total number of watchers in deciding what shows to renew. (And at the time, most households only owned one [=TV=] and the parents got to decide what to watch, limiting potential viewers further.)

Despite this, NBC left the show on for its entire 30-episode season, likely to burn off the episodes and recoup some sort of investment (a common tactic in television).
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AndStarring: Miss Ann Sothern.
* BackFromTheDead
* DastardlyWhiplash: Captain Manzini is a pastiche of silent movie villains, complete with sinister mustache.
* DeadPersonConversation
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a show about a man and his relationship with his mother, who is a car.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Complete with FollowTheBouncingBall!
-->''Everybody knows in the second life we all come back sooner or later\\
As anything from a pussycat to a man-eating alligator\\
Well you all may think my story is more fiction than it's fact\\
But believe it or not, my Mother dear, decided she'd come back\\
As a car\\
She's my very own guiding star\\
A 1928 Porter, that's my Mother dear,\\
She helps me through Everything I do\\
And I'm so glad she's here\\
My Mother the Car My Mother the Car''
* InvincibleClassicCar: The entire show is from the era of invincible cars, but Mother is very resilient.
* MagicalGuide: This is Mother's reason for coming back: to help her son. Justified in that her son is somewhat [[WhatAnIdiot lacking in common sense]].
* MyBelovedSmother: Surprisingly averted. Mother is actually very reasonable.
* SentientVehicle: Sort of zigzagged. Mother can drive herself to some extent, and can outright refuse to be driven. She does seem to need some sort of driver behind the wheel to go long distances though. She can also do things like open the car's door.
* ShoutOut: The name 'Porter' was a shout out to Ann Sothern's former co-star Don Porter who she worked with on ''The Ann Sothern Show.''
* SignatureSoundEffect: Mother has a very distinct "ooga-ooga" horn sound.
* TemporalParadox: How does a dead mother get reincarnated into a car that ''already exists?'' The explanation from the show is that you don't get to choose what you come back as when you 'apply' for it in the afterlife.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Everyone except Dave and Captain Manzini treat it like TheAllegedCar. It actually performs rather well, for an old car. This is aided by Dave taking it to the mechanic ''very'' often.
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